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Tag: Tournament Strategy

Talking Poker: Bluff Catcher

This week’s installment of "Talking Poker" defines and discusses the "bluff catcher" -- that is, a weak hand that can only win by calling a bluff.

Avoid the Accidental Muck By Always Protecting Your Cards

Remember always to protect your cards while in a hand so as to avoid having them accidentally mucked by the dealer.

Psychological Habits of Successful Poker Players: Goal Setting

Dr. Tricia Cardner continues her series on psychological habits of winning poker players, this time focusing on goal setting and its benefits.

Final Table Puzzles, Pt. 1: Thinking in the Face of the Big Shove

Chip leader when five-handed at a final table, Gareth Chantler faces a reraise-shove from one of the short stacks and a difficult decision how to proceed.

The Dangers of Opening Light from Early Position

A hand from the final table of the Mid-States Poker Tour Golden Gates Main Event demonstrates the potential perils of opening light from early position.

Alec Torelli: My One Piece of Advice

Poker pro and coach Alec Torelli shares thoughts from his experiences teaching others, giving advice to those who want to improve but have failed to do so.

Inside the Head of the “Poker Brat,” Pt. 2: Phil Hellmuth Still Trusting His Reads

In the conclusion of a two-part interview with Phil Hellmuth, he discusses writing projects, the "Poker Brat" image, his reputation as a tilter, and more.

The Path of Least Resistance: Using “Passive” Play to Control the Pot

Considering a recent trend in tournament poker to check-call several postflop streets rather than betting to "protect" medium-strength, vulnerable hands.

Inside the Head of the “Poker Brat,” Pt. 1: Phil Hellmuth Still Trusting His Reads

Phil Hellmuth sits down for the first of a two-part interview discussing tournament strategy, changing playing styles, reading opponents, and more.

For Poker Success, You Have to Be Able to Believe Impossible Things

Because poker players do not always play sensibly, sometimes it becomes necessary to believe impossible things, or at least seemingly impossible things.

Talking Poker: Blind Defense

This week’s installment of "Talking Poker" looks at defending your small or big blind versus preflop raises, whether by calling or reraising.

Zero In on Your A-Game With Zen and the Art of Poker

Larry W. Phillips's book "Zen and the Art of Poker" is a good resource for learning how to be more aware and in emotional control at the tables.

Psychological Habits of Successful Poker Players: Self-Discipline

Self-discipline can be learned and helps a lot in poker, as Dr. Tricia Cardner explains in her latest "Psychological Habits of Successful Poker Players."

Hand Analysis: Pros Playing Pocket Pairs

Breaking down an interesting hand -- and a big pot -- played between Isaac Haxton and Tom Dwan in which each player held pocket pairs.

What Similarities Are There Between Poker and Angry Birds?

Rivaling poker in both popularity and its addictive properties, the smash hit Angry Birds actually has a number of similarities with our favorite card game.

Choosing Your Discards in No Limit Irish

Learn this week's Full Tilt "Game of the Week," No Limit Irish, a hold'em variant in which players start with four cards but on the flop must discard two.

Sitting With Elephants; or, How to Play Against Calling Stations

Considering strategies to employ versus "calling stations" who are loose-passive, playing many hands and often calling bets rather than betting or raising.

One in the Chamber: Firing Once in Reentry Events

What are the strategic implications when playing a reentry tournament with the knowledge that unlike some of your opponents, you'll only be entering once?

Trapping from Position with Speculative Hands

Breaking down a hand from last year's EPT Deauville Main Event illustrating a player successfully trapping another from position with a speculative hand.

Talking Poker: Downswings

This week's installment of "Talking Poker" addresses downswings, an inevitable part of poker that successful players learn to manage.